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What constitutes a 'spoiled' Chihuahua?

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When approaching this issue seriously, it is hard to decide if one has crossed the line and is in fact spoiling one's chi. We have found, now going on three months with him, that Simcha is incredibly affectionate and loyal. There is a short period of time, a while after breakfast, his morning walk and some play time, when he is willing to go off by himself and take a nap. But the rest of his waking hours he is almost always looking for playtime and affection.

And, he can often be extremely demanding of attention. Needless to say, we usually give in to these demands, and almost never ignore him in an attempt to make him more 'independent.' I would like to think this does not constitute spoiling. For example, he expects to spend time cuddling with us on the upstairs sofa in the evening before his bedtime, which he spends alone in an enclosed porch. He makes it clear by his behavior at nighttime that this is a contractual obligation, and has learned the meaning of the phrase: "Let's go on the sofa." The phrase practically makes him go crazy, and we absolutely must fulfill the promise.

Is there a point at which acceding to very considerable demands for attention and affection creates a spoiled dog? It seems hard to be a casual chi owner.
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I have to agree, a spoiled chi is one that is not well socialized and not a good puppy citizen, but I hold that true of all dogs not just chis. I think that pets should be treated as members of their family, they should be well trained, well socialized, treated (food) and fed the best you can afford, dressed of needed, taken to the doctor, and LOVED. If that constitutes a spoiled chi then I guess I am heading down that road. But I treat my pets the same I do my child, they get the best I can possibly give them. Like today, it is chilly here (low 50's) and Biscuit is not liking it at all, so he has spent the morning wrapped in a fleece blanket on my lap, because that is where he is the most comfortable and I cannot blame him either as both my daughter and I are in our fleece jammies to stay warm.
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